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The Historian's Eye

by Matthew Frye Jacobson The University of North Carolina Press (March 26, 2019)

Between 2009 and 2013, as the nation contemplated the historic election of Barack Obama and endured the effects of the Great Recession, Matthew Frye Jacobson set out with a camera to explore and document what...


Where We Find Ourselves

by Alex Harris, Margaret Sartor, Michael Lesy & Deborah Willis The University of North Carolina Press (November 08, 2018)

Self-taught photographer Hugh Mangum was born in 1877 in Durham, North Carolina, as its burgeoning tobacco economy put the frontier-like boomtown on the map. As an itinerant portraitist working primarily in...


Capturing the South

by Scott L. Matthews The University of North Carolina Press (October 26, 2018)

In his expansive history of documentary work in the South during the twentieth-century, Scott L. Matthews examines the motivations and methodologies of several pivotal documentarians, including sociologist Howard...


Remaking Reality

by Sara Blair, Joseph B. Entin & Franny Nudelman The University of North Carolina Press (March 15, 2018)

After World War II, U.S. documentarians engaged in a rigorous rethinking of established documentary practices and histories. Responding to the tumultuous transformations of the postwar era--the atomic age, the...


Light and Air

by Jerry W. Cotten & Stephen J. Fletcher The University of North Carolina Press (August 31, 2017)

A trailblazer for women photographers in the South, North Carolina's Bayard Wootten (1875-1959) overcame economic hardship, gender discrimination, and the obscurity of a small-town upbringing to become the state's...


Southern Appalachian Celebration

by James Valentine The University of North Carolina Press (September 26, 2011)

With this stunning collection of images of the Southern Appalachians, James Valentine presents an enduring portrait of the region's unique natural character. His compelling photographs of ancient mountains,...


The Gift of the Face

by Shamoon Zamir The University of North Carolina Press (August 14, 2014)

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian is the most ambitious photographic and ethnographic record of Native American cultures ever produced. Published between 1907 and 1930 as a series of twenty volumes...


The Coasts of Carolina

by Bland Simpson & Scott D. Taylor The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2010)

The Coasts of Carolina captures the vibrancy of the North Carolina oceanfront, sound country, and interior shores behind the barrier islands. Scott Taylor, who has been photographing the coast for almost thirty...


Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare

by Leigh Raiford The University of North Carolina Press (February 10, 2011)

In Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare, Leigh Raiford argues that over the past one hundred years, activists in the black freedom struggle have used photographic imagery both to gain political recognition and to...


Colors of Confinement

by Eric L. Muller The University of North Carolina Press (August 13, 2012)

In 1942, Bill Manbo (1908-1992) and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness...


One Place

by Paul Kwilecki & Tom Rankin The University of North Carolina Press (April 09, 2013)

Though artistic and ambitious, Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009) chose to remain in Bainbridge, Georgia, the small Decatur County town where he was born, raised, and ran the family's hardware store. He had always been...


Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See

by Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, Rhett Johnson & John C. Hall The University of North Carolina Press (October 22, 2012)

Longleaf forests once covered 92 million acres from Texas to Maryland to Florida. These grand old-growth pines were the "alpha tree" of the largest forest ecosystem in North America and have come to define the...


Sensational Modernism

by Joseph B. Entin The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Challenging the conventional wisdom that the 1930s were dominated by literary and photographic realism, Sensational Modernism uncovers a rich vein of experimental work by politically progressive artists. Examining...


The Workboats of Core Sound

by Lawrence S. Earley The University of North Carolina Press (October 14, 2013)

Along the wide waters of eastern North Carolina, the people of many scattered villages separated by creeks, marshes, and rivers depend on shallow-water boats, both for their livelihoods as fishermen and to maintain...


When Janey Comes Marching Home

by Laura Browder & Sascha Pflaeging The University of North Carolina Press (May 01, 2010)

While women are officially barred from combat in the American armed services, in the current war, where there are no front lines, the ban on combat is virtually meaningless. More than in any previous conflict...